‘PUBG-Wala Hai Kya?’ PM Modi’s impromptu answer during his Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 talk with students, teachers and parents was responding to a complaint from a parent about her son who is avoiding studies and plays online games, shows the impact of this game on young students bringing back the focus on a Third Person shooting game that has been in the news for both good and bad in recent time.
What is ‘PUBG’?
PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a multi-player third-person shooter game designed by China-based Tencent games. It has gained popularity on PC and mobile platforms along with fortnite, its competitor. It has also managed to get gaming console ports in the recent times. In PUBG, the player along with 99 other players drop from parachute onto an island or map with no clothes, weapons and arms and ammunitions. The players after landing, have to start collecting items and power-ups among others. Every few minutes the map shrinks, and the safe zone decreases, and whichever player is in the red zone when the map shrinks will face damage till he moves back into the safe zone. The last person alive at the end of the round will be the winner.
The game has been extremely popular on iOS and Android seeing around 10 billion downloads overall. Initially the game was released for computers but seeing the success rate Tencent Games launched the mobile version.
Like many online games, it has also seen many lows with gaming de-addiction clinics in China and South Korea tending to ‘cure’ such fans of games. Even primary schools in Gujarat banned the game. There were even reports of people losing their Psychiatry balance after playing long session of the game.
It has not been a smooth ride for PUBG. Gamers cite issues with regard to server availability, playabilty and graphics on mobile and PCs. Another dampener was the fake news of an all India ban on the game.